Garlic flakes and cider vinegar
QCould you please let me know your views on putting garlic flakes and cider vinegar (separate times of course) into poultry drinking water? I have done this for years as I read it would help with mites and internal bugs, but recently I was told that it isn’t beneficial to the hens and can in fact destroy calcium.
AAndy Cawthray says: I’ve used garlic and garlic flakes in feed and water and make regular use ACV and I’ve seen no detrimental effects in terms of egg quality or egg flavour.
I am aware that there are various claims regarding the health qualities of both products however I’ve seen little scientific evidence to support many of the claims.
That said, ACV does cleanse water and creates an environment with a more challenging pH for many of the bacteria and bugs that can inhabit drinking water and there are essential elements within the garlic that can promote a more balanced diet.
Combine the two together – cleaner water and more balanced diet – and you could create an impression of them both having health promoting properties.
Personally, I think it is more a case of creating an environment that reduces the risks of ill health.
Does ACV destroy egg shell calcium? Well yes, if the egg is left sitting in a cup of it, but does it destroy the production of calcium in the egg shell stage of laying? No, I doubt it does; the uterus (where the shell is formed) is not connected to the crop, gizzard or the intestines of the digestive system where the ACV would be at it’s most concentrated.
A cockerel and hens feeding